One of the biggest and most interesting public parks to visit in Seattle is called Gas Works Park, located at 2101 N Northlake Way, just across Lake Union, north of the Space Needle and downtown area.
It was once the site of a coal gasification plant, many years ago. Now you can still see some of the giant coal gas processing stacks and huge pipes of the plant. But, most of the park is covered in grass and places for people to sit and enjoy the amazing view.
This park is not only quite large and diverse, with a tall grass-covered hill. Walk up the spiral pathway to the top and take in many views of the city from its height. Walk down to the large covered area and see all the giant ironwork machines used over 100 years ago. There are also indoor bonfire pits, outside standing picnic grills, and lots of benches to sit on.
If you want to take in one of the very best views of downtown Seattle, complete with interesting ships and boats on Lake Union, Gas Works Park is the place to be. Many local groups host activities in this park and it is the place to be for New Years and Fourth of July fireworks, which are lit off every year from a barge right out in front of the park, on Lake Union.